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Sweetgum trees aid hardwood growth

By: RANDY ROUSSEAU Although sweetgum is not considered a highly desirable species today, it was once a very favored species. Old-growth sweetgum produces heartwood with a much-appreciated reddish color (also known as red gum), and it is even more desirable if the wood is figured. We may not value sweetgum as much as some oak species, such as cherrybark, Shumard ...

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Mississippi announces second deer found with fatal disease

A second case of a debilitating deer disease has been found in Mississippi. The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced Friday that a white-tailed deer found Oct. 8 in Pontotoc County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The contagious and fatal neurological disease typically causes deer to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight. The ...

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Mossy Oak: A middle market success story

By JACK WEATHERLY  Toxey Haas knew there had to be a better way to hunt. So in 1986 he started a company whose name is now almost synonymous with hunting – Mossy Oak. The West Point company started with two patterns – Bottomland and Hill Country – and has expanded that to more than 25 camouflage patterns. Along with that, ...

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State: Does are not being over-hunted

JACKSON — Human behavior is the biggest reason that Mississippi’s statewide deer season was marginal, state biologists say. The statewide season ended Saturday, though legal bucks may be hunted Feb. 1-15 in the Southeast Zone. Biologists estimate there are about 1.7 million deer in Mississippi, with one buck for every three does, WLOX-TV reported. Some people think the problem is ...

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Acting Vicksburg park supt coming from Lincoln Birthplace

VICKSBURG — The superintendent of a national park in Kentucky is coming to Vicksburg as acting superintendent of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Bill Justice’s appointment begins Feb. 8. He’s currently superintendent of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hogenville, Kentucky. This won’t be his first time working for the National Park Service in Mississippi. ...

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Watch out for wildlife while driving on roads, highways

By Jessica Tegt  Wildlife on roadways can be as hazardous to motorists as texting or reckless drivers. State Farm Insurance reported Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for wildlife-vehicle related accidents. More than one third of Mississippi’s 70,000 auto crashes are due to collisions with wildlife, specifically with white-tailed deer. One in 84 people statewide will be in a crash ...

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Hunting deer? There's an app for that

STARKVILLE — Deer hunters can take wildlife biologists’ expertise with them to the woods this season by downloading free apps from Mississippi State University. Three smartphone apps were developed by experts with the MSU Deer Lab, a collaborative effort of the MSU Extension Service and MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center. “We tried to address a variety of deer-related issues ...

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Strickland: Hunters shouldn't fear common deer diseases

STARKVILLE — Hunters who discover sick deer should not be overly concerned, according to a Mississippi State University researcher. Bronson Strickland, wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, writes: “As a wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, I get many phone calls and emails from hunters during the hunting season asking, “What’s wrong ...

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Researcher: Wild hogs not a mere nuisance

By: Marina Denny, Ed.D. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Wild hogs are a nuisance and potential danger to farmers and landowners throughout the United States. Brought to the Americas by early Spanish explorers as a livestock animal and later transported by hunting enthusiasts, wild hogs have spread rapidly throughout the Southeast. One reason wild hogs are ...

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Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right

JACKSON — Van Allen has been processing deer meat and selling gear to hunters and anglers for 20 years in Mississippi and other parts of the South. Like many outdoors enthusiasts, he thinks hunting and fishing are birthrights that ought to be constitutionally protected. “As far as I am concerned anything that protects first our right to bear arms and ...

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